Crystal Structure of the First Bromodomain of Human Brd4 with the inhibitor GW841819X

Experimental Data Snapshot

  • Resolution: 1.65 Å
  • R-Value Free: 0.211 
  • R-Value Work: 0.165 
  • R-Value Observed: 0.168 

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Discovery and Characterization of Small Molecule Inhibitors of the Bet Family Bromodomains.

Chung, C.W.Coste, H.White, J.H.Mirguet, O.Wilde, J.Gosmini, R.L.Delves, C.Magny, S.M.Woodward, R.Hughes, S.A.Boursier, E.V.Flynn, H.Bouillot, A.M.Bamborough, P.Brusq, J.M.Gellibert, F.J.Jones, E.J.Riou, A.M.Homes, P.Martin, S.L.Uings, I.J.Toum, J.Clement, C.A.Boullay, A.B.Grimley, R.L.Blandel, F.M.Prinjha, R.K.Lee, K.Kirilovsky, J.Nicodeme, E.

(2011) J Med Chem 54: 3827

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1021/jm200108t
  • Primary Citation of Related Structures:  
    2YDW, 2YEK, 2YEL, 2YEM

  • PubMed Abstract: 

    Epigenetic mechanisms of gene regulation have a profound role in normal development and disease processes. An integral part of this mechanism occurs through lysine acetylation of histone tails which are recognized by bromodomains. While the biological and structural characterization of many bromodomain containing proteins has advanced considerably, the therapeutic tractability of this protein family is only now becoming understood. This paper describes the discovery and molecular characterization of potent (nM) small molecule inhibitors that disrupt the function of the BET family of bromodomains (Brd2, Brd3, and Brd4). By using a combination of phenotypic screening, chemoproteomics, and biophysical studies, we have discovered that the protein-protein interactions between bromodomains and acetylated histones can be antagonized by selective small molecules that bind at the acetylated lysine recognition pocket. X-ray crystal structures of compounds bound into bromodomains of Brd2 and Brd4 elucidate the molecular interactions of binding and explain the precisely defined stereochemistry required for activity.

  • Organizational Affiliation

    Molecular Discovery Research, GlaxoSmithKline R&D, Stevenage SG5 4HT, UK. Chun-Wa.H.Chung@gsk.com

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Entity ID: 1
MoleculeChains Sequence LengthOrganismDetailsImage
HUMAN BRD4127Homo sapiensMutation(s): 0 
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PHAROS:  O60885
GTEx:  ENSG00000141867 
Entity Groups  
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UniProt GroupO60885
Sequence Annotations
  • Reference Sequence
Small Molecules
Ligands 2 Unique
IDChains Name / Formula / InChI Key2D Diagram3D Interactions
Query on WSH

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C25 H21 N5 O2
Query on EDO

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B [auth A]1,2-ETHANEDIOL
C2 H6 O2
Binding Affinity Annotations 
IDSourceBinding Affinity
WSH BindingDB:  2YEL Kd: min: 19, max: 52.5 (nM) from 3 assay(s)
IC50: min: 15.5, max: 501 (nM) from 4 assay(s)
PDBBind:  2YEL Kd: 52.5 (nM) from 1 assay(s)
Binding MOAD:  2YEL IC50: 15.5 (nM) from 1 assay(s)
Experimental Data & Validation

Experimental Data

  • Resolution: 1.65 Å
  • R-Value Free: 0.211 
  • R-Value Work: 0.165 
  • R-Value Observed: 0.168 
  • Space Group: P 21 21 21
Unit Cell:
Length ( Å )Angle ( ˚ )
a = 37.083α = 90
b = 44.308β = 90
c = 78.679γ = 90
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Entry History 

Deposition Data

  • Released Date: 2011-06-15 
  • Deposition Author(s): Chung, C.W.

Revision History  (Full details and data files)

  • Version 1.0: 2011-06-15
    Type: Initial release
  • Version 1.1: 2011-07-13
    Changes: Version format compliance
  • Version 1.2: 2023-12-20
    Changes: Data collection, Database references, Derived calculations, Other, Refinement description